by Patricia B. Tighe
Publication Date: April 5, 2016
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Seventeen-year-old Lindsey Taylor has been living a charmed life—always the lead in school plays, possessor of a healthy entourage and a hot boyfriend. But halfway through her junior year, the unthinkable happens. Her boyfriend dumps her. She screws up her audition for the spring play. And to top it all off, her theater teacher wants her to run lines with Trey Berger, a gamer guy who irritates her practically every time he opens his mouth. Lindsey needs to find some better luck and quick.
Trey Berger can barely tolerate Lindsey Taylor. It’s bad enough that their best friends are dating and he has to see Lindsey at group hangouts. Now they have to rehearse together. Berger would rather do just about anything else, even chill with his grandmother, whose dementia has forced her to move in with his family.
But as the semester continues, Berger discovers there’s more to Lindsey than the drama queen
persona she puts on for everyone else’s benefit. And the person behind the mask might be someone he cares about. A lot. So what exactly is he going to do about it?
And while Lindsey desperately tries to change her luck and heal from the breakup, she slowly realizes Berger has become her best friend. This video-game-playing boy makes her laugh. And holds her when she cries. Could he possibly become something more?
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Mrs. Mac stood. “All right, five-minute break, everybody.” She sat back down beside me. “Good job. Very diplomatic. I think you finally got through to her. I wouldn’t be surprised if this changes everything.”
She headed out of our row of seats. I scratched my head. Why couldn’t she see that we wouldn’t be wasting so much time on this if I was up there instead of Marta? I should’ve been up there. It was ridiculous. I got up to stretch my legs and found Berger waiting at the end of the row, his expression determined.
Dang it. He was going to ask me about our fight again, and I just didn’t want to talk about it. I’d have to put him off. I approached slowly.
“Is it really that bad?” he asked.
“Oh, no.” I rubbed my head, then flicked my hand. “Just have a headache.”
He shoved his hands in the back pockets of his jeans, making him look crazy cute all of a sudden. No. Do not think of Berger as cute. No good can come from it. “You busy after this?” he asked. “We still need to settle things.”
I shook my head. “There’s nothing to settle. We’re good. No worries.”
He backed up so I could get into the aisle. “Why don’t I believe you?”
I lifted my hands. “Hey, I don’t know. That’s not something I can control.”
“Lindsey,” he said, staring as if he could see inside my head.
And I really didn’t want anyone analyzing me. “I need to get to the restroom before we start again.”
“I’m not letting go of this.”
“I can see that.”
“Trey,” Lainey called from the stage. “Come here for a sec.” Kara stood behind her a few steps, motioning to him.
Why was he so popular with girls these days? I raised an eyebrow. “Your fan club awaits.”
He waved at them but moved a fraction closer to me. “You can run, but you can’t hide.”
I puffed out a loud breath. “Nice cliché usage. I’m not afraid of you, Dragon Boy.” I pushed him down the aisle. “Go on. They’re waiting for you.”
He walked on, but then paused and turned back. “I mean it.”
I nodded and headed the opposite direction. I didn’t want to watch him laugh and flirt with Lainey and Kara. It felt too much like watching our friendship dwindle into nothing.
The mother of two grown sons, Patricia B. Tighe lives in El Paso, Texas, with her husband and two dogs. Her love of the written word caused her to get a journalism degree from Texas A&M University in 1980 and an MA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in 2008. When not writing or reading, she can be found walking the dogs or yelling at the TV during an NFL game. She's also a fan of British TV shows. Downton Abbey, anyone?
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1. What inspired the story?
First off, I was writing a series and needed to write a book. :D Second, at the end of Life in the No-Dating Zone, the situation with Lindsey and her boyfriend, Adam, was left a little up in the air—especially as far as Claire was concerned. I knew that I needed to settle it, to have Lindsey come to understand more about herself. And who better to instigate that than someone who drives her crazy? Plus, many readers wanted to see more from Berger, who was a secondary character in LitNDZ. So I thought, a drama queen and a gamer boy? Why not?
2. What is your favorite scene?
That would have to be when a hurting, tipsy Lindsey makes a move on Berger. His reaction was so much fun to write!
3. What was the hardest scene to write?
The video-game playing scene, because I had to continually stop to get information and critique from my son.
4. Who would play your characters in a film?
AnnaSophia Robb with auburn hair and Matthew Lewis with glasses—especially now that he’s grown up to what I’ve seen described as “nerd hot.”
5. What's your favorite book to film adaptation?
The Princess Bride
6. Do you have any pets/Which/What Kind/How Many?
I have two mixed-breed dogs, ages sixteen and fifteen. One is a cross between a lab and a chow, and the other is a cross between a boxer and probably a lab. They are ridiculous and I love them.
7. If you could be any character in your book who would you be and why?
The female version of Berger, because he loves to laugh and to make people laugh.
8. What's the best advice you can give someone who wants to be a writer?
Read! Read the genre you want to write. Read for pleasure and then re-read to analyze how it’s done.
9. How did or will you spend your release day?
Probably helping with promotion and checking sales rankings too often. But I do plan to go out to dinner to celebrate.
10. What are you writing now?
I’ve turned in the third book in the Life in the No-Dating Zone series, and now I’m working on a YA contemporary romance that I hope will be the first in a new series. We shall see!
Top 10 Fav Love Stories
Ah, this is a hard one for me. Because I read so much and love so many books, I’m going to limit this list to books that have carved out a special spot in my memory. And they’re not all romance novels—just novels in which I really connected with the love story portion. So, in no particular order:
Pride and Prejudice—Jane Austen
Sense and Sensibility—-Jane Austen
The Viscount Who Loved Me—Julia Quinn
The Passion of the Purple Plumeria—Lauren Willig
Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin #2)--Robin LaFevers
Sorcery & Cecelia OR The Enchanted Chocolate Pot—Patricia C. Wrede & Caroline Stevermer
The Outlaws of Sherwood—Robin McKinley
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Giveaway Information: Contest ends April 15, 2016
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